As it goes right now, we are most likely ‘unschoolers’ if labeling came into play. On occasion we have a spare minute to sit and learn, but generally we’re moving around too much. Sure, we try to make the most of ‘learning’ opportunities, but sometimes I irritate myself with the ‘why’s’ and the ‘did you notice’s’. Honestly, I’m in a spiral of letting go when it comes to schooling.
So, between chopping down trees, feeding chickens, adopting new livestock, training puppies, hiking, removing ticks, collecting tadpoles, catching lizards, building birdhouses, identifying wild herbs, gathering dandelions, planting trees, potty training sister, visiting new cousins, swinging, cleaning creek beds, dancing, gathering eggs, reading stories, occasionally fighting, feeding worms, emptying the dishwasher and sometimes remembering laundry we’re often lucky to fit in dinner. As to homeschooling…well these days it’s more of an all-hands-on-deck style of learning. We review our multiplication chart from time to time, throw in some phonics…that’s about it.
Not everyone is sailing along in the same ‘homesteading’ boat as we are, maybe because you’re not called to it, or it’s on the horizon, now that we’re here on this plot it’s obvious; more important for our family than the homeschool room (which don’t get me wrong, I envy the notion) is the outside space, I know because the more time my children spend outside the more settled and content they come to be. Surely, as the NC summer heats up to unbearably hot we’ll likely retreat and return to more regularly structured ‘learning’ time, but this spring, though at times overwhelming, has proven just how much being ‘country folk’ suits us. These kids are learning and interacting with the world around them so intimately–it’s impossible to think that strapping them to a desk for any set time would benefit them more.